The little red poppies will be available for a donation in Palmerston North Monday through to April 26.

The poppies will be in shops and service stations in the city.

Made in Christchurch, the Christchurch RSA distributes the poppies throughout New Zealand.

Palmerston North RSA chairman Brigadier Evan Torrance and RSA support adviser Michael O'Connor, helped by other welfare personnel, placed pins into each of the poppies ready for the public on Monday.


"We are very keen that the public is aware we will be out on the streets on Monday, and happy to receive any donations," said Torrance.

All donations will be used for the welfare of retired and serving servicemen in the Manawatū, and in another area if required.

O'Connor said they were responsible for the welfare of veterans, their widows and dependants.

"It is extremely important to us to support the veterans with a contribution to their costs for hearing aids, x-rays, doctors' bills, dental work or surgical fees."

In light of the Turkish President's claims following the mosque massacres in Christchurch on March 15, Brigadier Torrance said he hoped it will be safe for New Zealanders to go to Gallipoli again.

"I was at Gallipoli in 2015.

"The response from the Turkish people was incredible.

"They were extremely hospitable and friendly, and there was a tremendous rapport between the New Zealanders and Australians, and hopefully it will continue."


Poppy Day is April 12 and Linton Army personnel will be on the streets supported by students from Palmerston North Boys High School and Queen Elizabeth College.